With all the nights drawing in as well as the winter beginning to make itself felt, a lot of parents are entrusting their children to other drivers to take their children to college. And in circumstances for children with specific needs, the requirement for transport to school generally extends all through the year.
But have you thought about who’s basically doing the driving, as well as the standards on the vehicles they may be employing?
Some worrying incidents from this year
Drink-driving in Gloucestershire – in January a college bus driver crashed just minutes immediately after dropping off 30 children aged among 4 and 11. He was located to become 3 times more than the drink-drive limit. Obtaining admitted drink-driving, the driver was provided a 14-week jail sentence, suspended for any year, and banned from driving.
Numerous offences in Berkshire – a police and neighborhood authority investigation of 26 drivers responsible for delivering children with special demands to a college west of Reading highlighted several difficulties:
A private hire taxi driver was issued with a A?200 endorsable fixed penalty notice for not getting any insurance coverage, and his auto was seized
Two minibus drivers were each issued using a A?60 penalty notice for driving not in accordance with their licence. Among the drivers also had no MoT and was issued a fixed penalty notice. Each minibuses have been seized
A defective tyre on a minibus led to a A?60 endorsable fixed penalty notice and VOSA issuing an immediate prohibition
Six out of seven taxis examined failed to show the correct documents
1 taxi driver was not able to produce a licence badge
A licence plate on one taxi had expired
Another taxi not just had an expired licence plate, but additionally had a defective rear seatbelt and no fire extinguisher
Two drivers fled before checks could possibly be made on them.
Drink-driving in Buckinghamshire – a school bus driver drove into a low bridge and sliced the major deck of his bus off. He was just about 3 occasions over the drink-drive limit, and had just dropped off 46 pupils.
Several offences around the M1 – 21 coaches and their drivers were checked at the London Gateway service area on the M1. Mechanical faults prevented 4 coaches from continuing on their journey, whilst one particular coach driver breath-tested at more than three-and-a-half times the legal limit. He had just dropped of kids at school.
Ask some easy questions
If your young children travel by coaches, minibuses and private hire taxis, you should guarantee their school’s head teacher ask for normal driving licence and permit inspections, CRB checks and verification of any other relevant documents.
If you have concerns for your children’s security on their approach to and from college, you should address the following inquiries to head teachers:
Are there documents that prove that my child’s driver (and escort) are educated and cleared to operate with youngsters?
When have been proper security checks final carried out on the automobile or cars that my youngster travels in?
When did you last verify the driver’s (and escort’s) CRB certificate?
When was the driver’s licence and insurance final checked?
A reputable transport operator will almost surely be pleased to co-operate, as they may have nothing to hide. All parents of pupils who use school transport need to push for far more frequent checks of drivers and autos, so that the risks faced by their children are reduced to a minimum.